Community heroes have been praised for braving the atrocious weather conditions to help elderly and vulnerable people across Oldham.

Through the strongest blizzards and the deepest snowdrifts, the team of everyday heroes have continued to work against all the ‘Beast of the East’ and Storm Emma could throw at them.

Most people have been affected by the severe weather in the borough in recent days – but spare a thought for those who rely on the help of others.

Staff from Oldham Council and MioCare, which is responsible for delivering social care provision in Oldham; have literally been digging their way to the homes of those who rely on their services.

The weather has left many elderly people completely isolated, many running out of food, completely immobile and with no sufficient or working heating with isolated power cuts only adding to the problems.

However, Oldham Council and MioCare staff stopped at nothing to make sure everyone was safe and well.

In the height of the treacherous conditions on Thursday, MioCare staff trekked through the snow to visit 160 elderly and vulnerable people just to make sure they were safe and had everything they needed. Thousands of other vulnerable residents were also contacted by phone.

MioCare workers marched through snow up to their waist to reach a 94-year-old woman in Strinesdale to make sure she had plenty of food and that she was warm.

Oldham Council’s Adult Social Care team also became very worried about a 90-year-old woman who lives alone on a farm in Diggle.

She had no heating, other than a coal fire but the coal was all outside. Drifting snow stopped the team from reaching the woman as they battled the icy conditions twice to try to reach her but they couldn’t.

She was given advice over the phone on how to stay warm before council staff worked with partners from the Mountain Rescue Service to ensure that the lady was safe and warm.


MAIN PICTURE: Paula Rourke and Diane Taylor from MioCare on their way to a resident in Strinesdale.